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Helping You Grow Your Business
It’s a fast-paced world, and you need to be ready for the next twist. As THE Community’s College, we’re rooting for the success of our local businesses — and we’re here to help you grow.
Our customized workforce training programs and microcredentials up-skill and re-skill your employees. And if you want to create your workforce of tomorrow, we can help with that, too.
Tools to Up-Skill & Right-Skill
One Size Doesn’t Have to Fit All
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As Simple as 1, 2, 3
Interested in customized training?
- Meet with a staff member and share your exact needs.
- Work with us on a training plan — one that encompasses goals, information to be covered, training hours required, and a timeline for when it’ll take place.
- We deliver the training at your business or one of our convenient locations. Employers often choose to let us host the trainings to avoid workplace distractions. Or we can train employees on the specific equipment at your location.
What Kinds of Trainings Does EICC Offer?
We're always growing and learning. If we don't currently offer a training program
for your specific needs, we'll work with you to develop it.
We're always growing and learning. If we don't currently offer a training program for your specific needs, we'll work with you to develop it.See Trainings & Career Certificate Programs
- Health & Safety
- Leadership & Supervision
- Manufacturing Technology
- Renewable Energy
- Soft Skills
- Supply Chain Management
We also offer fully online career certificate programs that range from four weeks to 18 months. These programs include Accounting Fundamentals, Search Engine Marketing, and so much more.
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Create an Apprenticeship Program
Finding qualified employees doesn't have to be a challenge. Grow your own skilled workforce through an apprenticeship program.
It doesn't matter what business you are in -- manufacturing, banking, construction, IT -- we work with you to design an apprenticeship program that meets your current and future workforce needs, and outlines learning goals and outcomes.
Apprentices appreciate the time and training you invest in them, and the confidence you show in them. That's why most choose to stay on, and become loyal, long-time employees who understand your business and how it operates.
Reach out. We'll walk you through the details and share the many benefits.
- Easy start-up and coordination
- Flexible training that can be adapted to your company’s specific needs
- Highly trained employees
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Environmental, Health, & Safety Training
Addressing Complex Questions
Is your workplace safe — for both customers and employees? Is it compliant with the latest government regulations? We can help you answer those questions, brush up on best practices, and correct issues before they yield negative results. Our safety audits and training programs give you renewed peace of mind.
Expert Solutions for Safety
Our instructors, who have more than 50 years of combined experience in the areas of occupational safety and environmental compliance, offer:
- Health, safety, and compliance courses tailored to your business
- Site-specific safety audits and inspections to identify training needs
- On-site trainings with flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
Opportunities to Learn More
These services are offered through the Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI), which was established as a part of EICC in 1987. HMTRI offerings range from Accident Investigation to Workplace Violence Awareness. Students can complete short-term trainings through their employer or by enrolling in the courses at various EICC locations.
Additionally, EICC offers an entirely online Environmental Health and Safety AAS degree. Graduates are equipped to manage hazardous materials and waste, to protect workers and the environment, and to minimize their employer’s workers’ compensation expenses.
For pricing, scheduling, and course availability contact:
Microcredentials Elevate Leadership
Our microcredential programs are fast and focused. It's a pathway to up-skill, stand out, and move ahead of your peers. These programs drive professional learning, online or in an EICC classroom. Whether you want to advance in your current position or make a career change, we help you achieve your goals.
We currently offer five microcredentials in leadership and manufacturing, and can develop a microcredential unique to your company. Let us know what you need.
This 10-module program teaches you how to bring out the best in employees, increase employee engagement, and performance.
- Role of the Leader
- Managing Different Personalities
- Motivating & Engaging Employees
- Teamwork & Collaboration
- Communication Effectiveness
- Managing Performance I: Providing Clear Direction
- Managing Performance II: Employee Development Model
- Coaching for Commitment
- Managing Conflict
- Managing Change
This six-module program uses the Leadership Practices Inventory to build effective, adaptive, and confident leaders.
- The Emergence of a New Leadership Mindset
- Leading Change: Meeting the Challenges of the Emerging Future
- Strengthening Organizational Adaptive Capacity
- The Future of Managing & Leading
- Dialogue & Personal Transformation
- My Journey: First Steps
This four-module program offers tools to manage conflict and foster a positive, collaborative work environment.
- Listening Skills
- The Conflict Episode
- Conflict Management: Solution Paths
- Collaborative Decision-Making
This four-module program builds emotional intelligence (EI) and emotional quotient (EQ) to increase workplace success. Learn how to work best with others, collaborate, thrive under demand, and respond to change.
- Social Skills
This 11-module program exposes potential and new supervisors to the many functions of a well-managed organization. It was developed in tandem with local manufacturers who want their next-in-line leaders to hold the skills to build relationships, set team expectations, and coach. Participants also learn about HR, diversity, productive conflict, and more.
- Factory of the Future
- Interpersonal Relationships in Organizational Teams
- Key Performance
- Human Resources for the Supervisor
- Understanding Self
- Productive Conflict in the Workplace
- Diversity & Perspectives
- Coaching & Mentorship
- Finance & Accounting for Decision-Making
- Project Report-Out
EICC offers three workforce training programs to support economic development and business growth in our region:
This program — which supports businesses that are creating new jobs or relocating
to Iowa — works to build skills of new employees and allow them to achieve higher
levels of productivity. The program pays for direct training costs, reimburses companies for up to 50% of trainee salaries,
and offers a corporate income tax credit.
The New Jobs Training Program will:
- Reimburse the company for up to 50 percent of trainees' salaries while they are learning on the job.
- Enable the company to contract for training with the college, or other contracted services.
- Cover 100 percent of direct training costs such as:
- Instructional development, prescreening and assessment costs
- Instructor salaries, travel and housing, even if they are in-house trainers
- Training facilities, equipment, materials and supplies
In addition to training funds, companies that participate in the program and increase their employment by 10 percent, qualify for a corporate income tax credit equal to 6 percent of the taxable wage base of the state unemployment compensation rate for each new job created.
To generate the training reimbursement funds, the college sells bond certificates to investors. The purchasing of these bond certificates by investors creates the pool of funds from which the college can reimburse a company’s training costs. In short, the investors loan the college the funds.
Paying Back The Investors
The payback of the bond certificates/loan is made by using the company’s Iowa employee withholding taxes. The program allows a company to divert a portion of the Iowa new employees’ withholding taxes over to the college. The college then uses these funds to make the bond/loan payments each year for 10 years.
To promote the creation of high-quality jobs within Iowa, a supplemental withholding tax credit may be calculated for new positions with wage levels meeting or exceeding established criteria. This extended funding source allows for an additional portion of the new employees’ payroll withholding taxes to be applied to the project, increasing the potential training funds available.
Because of this structure, the training is available at what is essentially no cost since the bonds are repaid with dollars that otherwise would have been paid to the state as withholding taxes.
Iowa companies that are creating new jobs and are engaged in manufacturing, processing, assembling products, warehousing, wholesaling, or conducting research and development are eligible to participate in the program. Businesses engaged in the provision of services that have customers outside of Iowa may also be eligible.
This program provides state-funded forgivable loans or grants to Iowa businesses for
the training and development of existing employees. EICC works with each business to determine their eligibility and assist them with the application process.
Available training funds vary based on business need and are awarded through an application process.
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges works one-on-one with businesses to review eligibility and provide assistance with completing the application process. Businesses receiving an award of $5,000 or greater will contribute a cash match based upon the total training cost.
Businesses eligible to participate in this program must be located in Iowa and engaged in interstate or intrastate commerce for the purpose of:
- Manufacturing, processing, assembling products, warehousing, wholesaling
- Conducting research and development.
- Biotechnology, renewable energy or information technology
- Providing services in interstate commerce
This fund — which pays for the 260E program — can be used to fund other workforce development programs, training and retraining for targeted industries, innovative skills development and
minority career opportunity programs. The assets of this fund are to be used to address
Iowa workforce development center needs of the state by funding these training programs.
Upon full repayment of certificates of participation or other obligations issued to fund a 260E job training program, the certificate repayments are diverted to this fund for up to 10 years. The total amount of diversion to this fund cannot exceed $10 million per year. The diversion occurs quarterly, thus the entire appropriation from the Iowa Workforce Development Center Fund Account to the Iowa Workforce Development Center Fund is not available at the beginning of the fiscal year but rather is made available in quarterly installments.
Business Links & Resources
Numerous other resources are available to help your business succeed:
The Muscatine Learning Consortium is a partnership between EICC and local companies to address common training needs. There’s no cost to become a member of the consortium, and members only pay for training sessions they choose to attend. Class topics range from Microsoft Office to personal development.
To get involved contact:
Sector Boards — focused on Advanced Manufacturing, Health, Information Technology, and Logistics and Transportation focuses — work on long-range planning initiatives. They positively impact local communities by working with employers to anticipate future needs and develop plans to meet those needs. Local companies are encouraged to participate in board meetings.
The Eastern Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) — one of 13 centers in the Iowa SBDC network — has served Scott, Clinton, Jackson, and Muscatine counties since 1985. The SBDC offers several services to local businesses, including:
- One-on-one business counseling by qualified professionals
- Learning opportunities, including workshops, classes, online assistance, and publications
- Connections to other service providers, resources, and sources of capital
Contact Business Solutions
For more information or to enroll, contact your Business Solutions Consultant
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